July 25, 2021
Agencies: Atlanta Police Department Georgia
Cause of death: Shooting
Last updated: over 1 year ago
Gabriel "Sam" Parker was streaming live on his Facebook page the moment he was shot during a massive block party on James Jackson Parkway.
People who knew him said he was trying to break up a fight when the shots went off.
"Calm down, nephew, calm down," a man is heard saying in the footage obtained by FOX 5.
That’s followed by a succession of loud pops, before Parker’s phone drops to the ground and the screen goes dark.
Police confirm that an officer did fire his weapon during the shootout, but it’s unclear if an officer fired the shots that killed Parker.
It’s not clear if Parker was armed or if he was shooting. However, bystanders are heard in the video saying he did not have a gun.
The GBI has taken the lead on the investigation, which they say is "active and ongoing."
Family members think this was a case of police brutality.
"The only thing he was trying to do is defuse the situation," said Valerie Bryant, his wife of 19 years. "That’s it."